G’day. Those nice people at Amazon are starting up an Australian version of the site, which means that all my fans Down Under are now able to purchase my books! Who knows – if I sell enough I’ll be able to come over in person and visit!
Category Archives: The Magus
Mexico has given the world so many valuable things, such as Tequila, Chili Con Carne, Mescaline, Carlos Castaneda, the Aztecs and Chocolate. Now, by way of saying thank you, my books are on sale there!
Yes! You now have the opportunity to buy my books in Kindle format from Amazon’s new Mexican site. See here for more details.
Apparently I have been tagged by Maria Savva in a blog tour! I therefore present my own answers to the questions they have been asking.
Q. Where were you born and where do you live at the moment?
A. Essex – I was born in the London suburbs, but now I have moved out nearer to the coast.
Q. Have you always lived and worked in Britain or are you based elsewhere at the moment?
A. Pretty much, except for when I was a student, when I lived for a year in the Netherlands.
Q. Which is your favourite part of Britain?
A. Probably the West End of London, as that is where I often go out to enjoy myself.
Q. Have you ‘highlighted’ or ‘showcased’ any particular part of Britain in your books? For example, a town or city; a county, a monument or some well-known place or event?
A. Not as an ongoing theme. I set “The Magus,” my first book, in London because I knew the locations so well. I deliberately set the following books elsewhere to show that the characters were venturing through “unknown territory” both literally and metaphorically.
Q. There is an illusion – or myth if you wish – about British people that I would like you to discuss. Many see the ‘Brits’ as ‘stiff upper lip’. Is that correct?
A. I think it is an old-fashioned concept which, like male-chauvinism, has been or is being rendered obsolete by the rise of feminism. It might have been true before the age of Women’s Lib but it is increasingly not so. I think it is because in today’s world men now have to justify their behaviour to both men -and- women, instead of just justifying it to other men. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of older British men who are still like that.
Q. Do any of the characters in your books carry the ‘stiff upper lip’? Or are they all ‘British Bulldog’ and unique in their own way?
A. I made Detective Inspector Toby Croft, the senior male detective in “The Magus,” like that due to the fact that he is an old-fashioned type of guy.
Q. Tell us about one of your recent books
A. “This Is Not A Fairy Story” is my most recent one. It features a character I created in The Demon Detective indulging in some astral projection, and hence finding himself in a fantasy adventure story. The title is partly ironic: it is a story with Fairies in it, but it does not begin with “Once upon a time,” and it most certainly does not end with “… and they all lived happily ever after.”
The most unusual thing to be said about it is that it is actually based on a true story. However, given that most critics are not generally familiar with out-of-the-body-experiences, the reality of magical planes of existence, and the inhabitants thereof, I have to pretend that it’s just “fiction.” *wink*
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I have recently done a revision of my first novel, “The Magus.” I am also writing a tale about the Law of Attraction (Cosmic Ordering, Manifesting, The Secret, etc), and how different characters get to grips with it in different ways.
Q. How do you spend your leisure time?
A. Conjuring angels, demons, and non-corporeal beings of a morally dubious nature; playing Enochian Chess; indulging in Tarot, Astrology, and related disciplines; and plotting the fate of the new world order with other members of the Illuminati. This is actually more fun than it at first sounds, as they generally hold all their meetings on licenced premises.
Q. Do you write for a local audience or a global audience?
A. Global. As much as I love my native land, it only amounts to 10% of the potential world audience for ebooks in the English language.
Mind you, I may have harmed my sales in the USA with the title of the story Shall We Kill The President? – some illiterate red-necks did not realise it was meant to be a work of fiction!
Q. Can you provide links to your work?
You now have the opportunity to download copies of my first novel, “The Magus” at a special rate this Christmas season! This is a story of murder and black magick and the occult set in contemporary London, and contains authentic descriptions of gruesome occult practices. It is the first book in my “Magus Trilogy.
For the whole of the Christmas Holiday Period – i.e. from now until January 6th 2013 – you can download it from SmashWords, in whichever ebook format you prefer, for just $1 – i.e. 50% off the usual price.
To take advantage off this offer,
And use coupon PS33N at the check-out.
Oh Canada! You have given so much to the world, such as Ice Hockey, Neil Young, Donald Sutherland, David Cronenberg, *cough* Pamela Anderson *cough*, Canadian Club Whiskey, Maple Syrup, Mounties, Lumberjacks, etc, etc. So to say thank you on behalf of the rest of the world, I, Alex Sumner, am making my books available in your fair country.
And, I am happy to say, Amazon’s Canadian website is now catching up with its American counterpart! As of today, the following of my books are available:
The Magus Trilogy
- The Magus – as a Paperback and via Kindle.
- Opus Secunda - as a Paperback and via Kindle *
- Licence to Depart – as a Paperback and via Kindle *
* Amazon.ca lists these although the Paperback versions are currently (18.12.12) unavailable.
The Demon Detective, and other stories
All Kindle unless otherwise stated.
You now have the power to become fabulously wealthy – by listening to Alex Sumner when he gives Stock Market tips! Yes indeed, I, Alex Sumner, the world’s greatest expert on Financial Sorcery have scored a success, and consequently I am going to crow about it egregiously in a blatant bit of self-promotion. In my last post I said:
If I were to predict what will happen on that day I would say that probably there would be yet another dip on the stock market……
I therefore suggest the following course of action for the poor benighted inhabitants of this planet.
3. If you are an investor – go short on the stock market.
I wake up this morning and what do I find? The FTSE-100 is down 300 points! Hence, anyone who followed my advice and went short has now made tons of cash.
You’re welcome. Expressions of gratitude may be made to the Alex Sumner Appreciation Fund (link on my website), or here.
More seriously however, I note that the police have not announced any more arrests in Operation Yew Tree, as per my other predicition, which leads me to believe that given I was right about the first thing, then there is still a notorious sex-offender who is currently at liberty. Come on Police, get with it!
Ah Brazil! You have given the world so many things! Like Pele, Capoeira, Bossa Nova, Samba, thong bikinis, Cachaça, the Rio De Janeiro Carnival, etc etc. So, to say Obregado on behalf of the rest of the world, I, Alex Sumner, am now making my Ebooks available in your fair country!
Please note that they are only in English – I have not yet translated them into Portugese. Head on over to my Brazilian page for more details!
In which I review Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.
As a keen user of Adobe Photoshop itself to design the covers to my books I was curious to see what this software package had to offer. It incorporates features for those who want to manage their photo collections, but lacks some of the more advanced ones that serious illustrators would find most useful. Three out of five.
People of Japan! You now have the opportunity to buy my books in your country! Why not head on over to http://www.amazon.jp now?
|Licence To Depart||Kindle|
|The Demon Detective||Kindle only|
|A Greater Power||Kindle only|
|Shall We Kill The President?||Kindle only|
|This Is Not A Fairy Story||Print – coming soon!||Kindle|
As I believe the saying goes in your country: ( ^ _ ^ )
Detectives in South Africa have decided to get with the plot of my first best seller The Magus and train-up specialists in “occult-related crimes.” According to a police memo there will be two such specialists per province (i.e. 18 in total, given that there are 9 provinces) who will be investigating, in particular
“… muti murders, curses intended to cause harm, vampirism, spiritual intimidation including “astral coercion”, rape by “tokoloshe spirits”, poltergeist phenomena, voodoo, black magic and traditional healers involved in criminal activities.”
Well! Who would have thought that vampirism is such a serious problem in South Africa! Seriously, though, Pagans in South Africa have been vocal in expressing scepticism of the police-initiative, pointing out the potential for abuse. Significantly, though, tasking police-officers to deal with occult is not actually a new phenomenon: apparently there was actually an Occult Crimes Unit in the country’s police force which attained some notoriety during the last days of Apartheid. Eventually it was disbanded for discriminating against certain beliefs. Presumably therefore South African Pagans are not just concerned about the new initiative out of political correctness, but because it resembles very much a return to the bad-old days of state repression.
Anyway: such concern for occult-related crime has not translated to the United Kingdom, which is not to say that it doesn’t occur. However, if there’s anyone from Scotland Yard reading this: if you need an independent expert or anything, my hourly rates are quite reasonable.